The Las Vegas trade shows were the place to find top denim, street and sportswear labels for Fall ’19. From customized denim to nylon track suits and bold all-over prints, brands delivered statement making collections that were seriously Xtra. Here is our list of our favorite ‘go to’ brands and up-and-coming labels who captured the look of the season.
CHAMPION - Celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, the iconic brand deservedly earns a top slot on our list. Its enduring legacy is rooted in collegiate and sports apparel and the brand’s rise to pop culture fame in the ‘80s and early ‘90s New York hip-hop scene. It’s no wonder Champion is experiencing a resurgence in popularity with Gen X’ers, Millennials and Gen Z alike. The brand continues to maintain its sportswear focus, but is pushing the edge in terms of graphics and materials. With a cool selection of all-over logo print sweat suits, cozy sherpa athletic coats and bright neon tennis shoes, the brand is off the hook for Fall. Champion just launched its “100 years for the team” global campaign and will soon drop a special 100th anniversary capsule collection.
BLDWN - Founded as Baldwin Denim by husband-and-wife duo Matt and Emily Baldwin in 2009, the brand relocated from Kansas City to Los Angeles a year ago. Under the guidance of its new president and creative director, Johnathon Crocker (formerly of AG), the label rebranded as Bldwn and launched full women’s and men’s ready-to-wear collections. Joe Sadler (think Riviera Club and CWST) is the brand’s new menswear designer. “What we’re trying to do is create a modern American fashion brand,” said Men’s Sales Director, Diego Dominguez. “We’re challenging ourselves to look at it through a different scope,” he explained. The Fall ’19 menswear collection, is inspired by late ‘60s New York City blue collar workwear, creative subcultures and music. Made in a sophisticated Fall palette, styles range from easy-to-wear hoodies and clean polished denim to luxe bomber jackets, semi-structured suitings and modern dress pants.
NICCE - This London-based label showed what a dose of sophistication and a good edit brings to the street scene. Contemporary, clean silhouettes made in high quality fabrics and a muted palette made a case for Nicce’s inclusion in the top 10. Inspired by London’s lifestyle, culture and emerging music scenes, the collection is modern and high tech. A nylon track suit had bold pockets and reflective stripes and a silver quilted jacket was streamlined made in a high tech fabric. Color blocked tees and all-over logo print sweat sets were understated, yet had a streetwear edge. Accessories were also on point. We liked the brand’s plaid sneakers, harness packs and reflective crossbody bags.
PRESIDENT’S - The name not only sounds distinguished, but President's is synonymous with high quality, contemporary style. Originally established in the ‘50s by the first Italian denim manufacturer, the brand debuted in 2010 under the creative direction of Guido Biondi, the founder’s grandson. The Tuscan menswear brand merges street style with an Italian sartorial point-of-view. For Fall, the collection includes luxe styles such as a shetland wool sweater, wool corduroy coat and Japanese selvage raw denim jacket. We also liked the brand’s on-trend plaid wool trousers, shearling varsity jacket and corduroy-and-suede sneakers.
WESC - This Swedish streetwear brand always pushes the fashion edge and for Fall the collection is on point. Its “Rebellious Youth” theme captured the brand’s point-of-view for the season and its skateboarding roots were evident - all with a finely tuned fashion edge. All the key trends were there including neon, camo and tartan plaids. WESC took a daring approach with denim and it looked fresh seen through a streetwear lens. Some of the best looks included workwear-inspired stripes, ‘80s bleached effects and bold color blocking. Streetwear included all-over print sweat sets, utility vests with strapping details and bright neon accessories and crossbody bags.
CROOKS & CASTLES - This SoCal streetwear brand could be called the best comeback collection. After a short hiatus which included the closure of its Los Angeles retail store in 2017, Crooks & Castles has re-emerged with a new focus on wholesale and elevating the brand. With its hip-hop roots and luxury aesthetic, the brand’s attention to quality and details could be seen throughout the collection. Nylon sweatsuits came in Versace-inspired leopard prints, bright neon colors and bold color blocking. There were camo hoodies and velour track suits. Graphics were bold and designed to make a statement including logos applied liberally throughout the collection and T-shirts with the slogan ‘God, Guns & Money.’
BLANK STATE - This new streetwear label is part of the growing stable of brands by the makers of L.A.-based Konus. The diffusion line showed some seriously cool looks for Fall at a seriously great price point. Expanding on the success of Konus, which debuted in 2014, Blank State is an item driven collection with a streamlined look and trendy styling. Popular items for Fall include tees and sweatshirts with strappy details and bright neon colors. An electric blue track suit was a stand out. Buyers also liked the price point. Blank State retails around $32 for tees and $90 for track jackets.
FAMILY FIRST MILANO- Designed and made in Italy, Family First can be described as an intersection of fashion, art and street culture. The cuts, materials, and graphics are constantly evolving giving the brand a one-of-a-kind look. Recent collaborations with celebrities such as NFL football player Josh Johnson and Italian rapper Emis Killa, has added an extra street and hip hop infusion. This label hit all the key trends for Fall - with a whole lot of Xtra. Some of our favorite items include a rhinestone covered hoodie, metallic silver bomber and hand-painted denim. Plenty of cool basics were also in the mix including neon T-shirts, a leopard print shirt and distressed denim jeans.
HORSPIST - The nearly two year-old Paris-based brand debuted in Vegas in the N:ow neighborhood at Project. The luxury street /skiwear label showcased a high impact collection full of bold sportswear made in luxurious fabrics. Horspist captured the spirit of its name, which means to ski freestyle in the back country. Made in bright primary colors and energetic prints, the collection appeals to the young, urban customer. Fabrics were luxurious including leather and fur trims such as raccoon, rabbit and lamb. Wholesale prices range from $55 to $72 for T-shirts; $90 for bottoms; and $225 for fur-trimmed ski jackets to $520 for leather.
ASPARAGUS - This Korean brand launched nearly a year ago and is the culmination of designer Myong Je Lee’s repertoire of experience including working as designer for Gaspard Yurkievich and modelist for Maison Martin Margiela in Paris. The conceptual streetwear collection had a military inspiration for Fall ’19. Chalk full of ever so cool pieces in camo, khaki and olive there were nylon windbreakers, cargo pants and fleece bomber jackets. Stand outs included a military jacket with oversize pockets and a fleece bomber with a zipper details. A group of black wool vests and coats made in oversized shapes gave the collection a decidedly fashionable edge. We are looking forward to more from this promising upcoming brand.